Published On: Mon, Aug 7th, 2017

Backlash as Macron bids to provide spouse Brigitte ‘first girl’ position – 150,000 signal petition


The petition, launched on the web site change.org two weeks in the past by Thierry Paul Valette, a painter and writer, calls for no public cash be put aside for the position, a place Mr Macron pledged to officialise throughout his presidential marketing campaign final spring.

Mr Valette mentioned: “There isn’t a purpose why the pinnacle of state’s spouse must be given her personal funds out of public funds.

“Brigitte Macron presently has a group of two to 3 aides, in addition to two secretaries and two safety brokers and that’s sufficient.”

France supplies first women with workplace house and employees, paid for out of the Elysée funds and estimated at about €450,000 (£406,000) a yr.

The official standing of first girl, nonetheless, is presently undefined and isn’t enshrined within the French structure.

At a time when the federal government is making vital cuts to public spending and introducing key laws on the “moralisation” of politics, the French can’t “decently approve” an initiative giving President Macron’s spouse an official standing, Mr Valette mentioned.

He added he was by no means “calling into query” Mrs Macron’s “talents” and bitterly condemned all “sexist assaults” on the primary girl.

Anti-Macron MPs have already voiced their opposition to the president’s plans in parliament, with Ugo Bernalicis, a member of France’s hard-left France Unbowed celebration, arguing that, not like her husband, Mrs Macron “had not been elected to energy,” and may subsequently not have entry to public funds.

Mrs Macron has but to answer the controversy. 

The 64-year-old has, nonetheless, agreed to be godmother to a child panda after a large panda on mortgage from China – Huan Huan – gave beginning to twin cubs at France’s Beauval zoo over the weekend.

Whereas the second child was robust and wholesome, the firstborn was a lot weaker and died after barely two hours.

Beauval zoo officers mentioned that they have been “honoured” that Mrs Macron had agreed to be the surviving cub’s godmother.


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